As Program Director of Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, a Catholic Charities of Los Angeles program, Kimberley Plotnik, oversees all aspects of Esperanza’s work defending indigent immigrants facing removal from the United States. Kimberley oversees Esperanza’s community education programs, pro bono and legal representation programs.
Prior to becoming the Program Director, Kimberley was the Western States Civil Rights Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League. She worked on civil rights issues including hate-crimes, immigration and voting rights. Kimberley also previously served as Esperanza’s Pro Bono Manager, recruiting, training and mentoring pro bono attorneys working on immigration removal defense cases and engaging volunteers to support Esperanza’s mission. Kimberley was previously a pro bono attorney with the United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees in Kampala, Uganda, and a pro bono attorney in Public Counsel’s Immigrant Rights Project.
Prior to moving to the Unites States, Kimberley was an attorney with the Australian law firm, Hall & Wilcox Lawyers, and before that, the firm now known as Thomson Geer.
Kimberley received her LL.M. with Honors from UCLA Law and her BA and LLB from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.